Dec 19, 2009 9:59 AM by Associated Press
The eastern U.S. is getting ready for a frightful wintry storm that's expected to snarl travel and keep shoppers home on the weekend before Christmas.
Forecasts call for up to 20 inches of snow across the Mid-Atlantic region, including Washington.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty declared a snow emergency for the city starting Saturday morning, ordering all cars cleared from snow emergency routes. A couple of inches of snow are already reported in D.C., while there's about 16 inches on the ground west of Charlottesville, Va.
Officials at Dulles International and Reagan National airports warned travelers to check on the status of their flights before heading to the airports. Some Saturday flights along the East Coast have already been canceled.